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Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Governor plans to sign bill suspending Georgia’s gas tax until May 31

By: - March 9, 2022

Gas prices in Georgia could be a little less eye-popping as the state Legislature aims to temporarily suspend Georgia’s state tax on motor fuel sales. “Gasoline prices are going up,” said House Speaker David Ralston. “I mean, this morning, it looked like another 10 cents overnight. That’s hurting Georgians, and this will be some relief […]

School voucher bill clears Georgia Senate panel despite critic’s public school concerns

By: - March 8, 2022

A new school voucher bill sponsored by Senate Pro Tempore Butch Miller moved forward in a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 601, or the “Georgia Educational Freedom Act,” would provide a $6,000 scholarship to nearly all of Georgia’s approximately 1.7 million public k-12 students to switch to a private school. Children should not be limited […]

Trump factor to be tested as hopefuls qualify to run for Georgia’s top elected posts

By: and - March 8, 2022

The 2022 election in Georgia officially began Monday as candidates flocked to the state Capitol to put their names on the ballot. Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify to run, but the first day saw big crowds at the Capitol, where Democrats and Republicans queued up to fill out their paperwork in separate rooms. […]

Sonny Perdue officially gets University System chancellor job

By: - March 2, 2022

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and two-term Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue Tuesday was officially tapped to be the next leader of the University System of Georgia’s 26 public colleges and universities. In a controversial but widely expected move, the Georgia Board of Regents approved Perdue with a unanimous vote at a virtual meeting in which […]

Legislation to ban mail-order abortion pills in Georgia clears state Senate

By: - March 1, 2022

The Georgia Senate passed a bill Tuesday aimed at preventing Georgia women from accessing abortion pills by mail. If the bill passes the House and receives Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature, doctors will be required to conduct an in-person exam before they can prescribe the drugs as well as schedule a follow-up appointment one to two […]

Troops at Georgia’s Fort Stewart prepare to aid NATO role in Ukraine conflict

By: and - February 28, 2022

Updated Feb. 28 to reference confirmation troops in the division started leaving for Europe Sunday afternoon. HINESVILLE, Ga. — Anka Hinze was skeptical a couple of weeks ago when her retired military police officer husband said he had a sense of foreboding that an overseas conflict was about to deliver a ripple effect across the […]

Georgians rally for an end to Ukraine violence

By: - February 26, 2022

Downtown Atlanta was swathed in Ukrainian blue and gold Saturday afternoon as hundreds gathered outside the CNN Center to protest Russia’s invasion of its western neighbor. The demonstrators, part of a worldwide #StandWithUkraine movement, called on the U.S. and NATO to continue to supply armaments to Ukrainian forces and to “close the sky,” or enforce […]

Fort Stewart sending thousands of troops to Europe in response to Russia’s Ukraine invasion

By: - February 25, 2022

The United States response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will include troops stationed at Georgia’s Fort Stewart, according to the Pentagon. President Joe Biden announced during a Thursday press conference that 7,000 troops will be moved to Germany in response to the attack. A Pentagon press officer confirmed to States Newsroom that the majority of […]

Georgia Senate passes ban on transgender sports despite personal testimony

By: and - February 24, 2022

Atlanta Democratic Sen. Sally Harrell fought back emotion in the Senate chamber Thursday as she urged her colleagues to vote down a bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on girls’ school sports teams. “I’m the mother of a trans child,” she said. “And it’s hard to stand up here and say that, because […]

Georgia House panel approves bill to ban teaching of ‘divisive concepts’ on race

By: - February 24, 2022

A Georgia House committee passed a bill designed to eliminate “divisive concepts” in public schools Wednesday despite concerns from Democrats it could chill classroom discussions on race. “There is a fear, and I acknowledge the fear, that teachers feel and some people in those communities, think they are targeted, but this isn’t targeting them,” said […]

Georgia legislators target COVID mask, vaccine precautions with mandate bans

By: and - February 23, 2022

Republican state lawmakers’ fight against COVID-19 mandates gained steam Wednesday, with committees advancing bills that would relax restrictions on school mask requirements and prohibit governments from requiring proof of vaccination at public buildings or to use services. A House committee advanced the Gov. Brian Kemp-backed bill that allows parents to opt their children out of […]

Ga. Senate advances bill that aims to let parents second-guess school lessons

By: - February 22, 2022

A bill supported by Gov. Brian Kemp to give parents more say on what happens in their children’s classrooms passed the state Senate Tuesday on a party line vote. The bill, which supporters call the Parents’ Bill of Rights, is part of a nationwide conservative push against what some parents see as “woke” lessons. It […]